Ouch. It looks like the Chicago Bulls will be without their defensive center for the next four to six months as Joakim Noah undergo surgery to stabilize his left shoulder. Noah suffered the injury during the Dallas Mavericks game on Friday and looked to be in quite a bit of pain. The NBA released this statement today:
During last night’s game against Dallas, Joakim Noah sustained a dislocation of the left shoulder which was reduced in the training room. Earlier today, he was evaluated at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, where it was determined that he will undergo surgery to stabilize his left shoulder.
His recovery time is estimated at four to six months. The details of the timing, location, and rehabilitation program have not yet been finalized. Noah is expected to have a full recovery.
Without their defensive center present, Gasol will have to pick up the slack on defense and become a better shot blocker. The Bulls will really miss Joakim Noah after this injury, but hopefully they will be able to prevail without him.